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Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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gargoyl52
May 29, 2016 6:43 AM CST
Does anyone know much about Wisteria? I was wondering if Wisteria needs a winter hybernation or if it can be kept going all year round?
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jun 2, 2016 4:16 AM CST
Wisteria is a vine, so you may have better luck posting this question to the Vines and Climbers forum.
Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
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kssmith
Jun 6, 2016 3:50 PM CST
I have had a Wisteria vine in my back yard for the last 7 or 8 years and it is blooming now. It has bloomed year we had it as it is female and the bees love it. In the deep south they really get huge because they can go all year around but in northern Indiana mine goes dormant every year.
I trim the seed pods off because thats using energy needlessly for the plant and i have no plans to add another. My Wisteria has a death grip on the metal trellis it has wrapped itself around over the years and the trunk has grown from 1 inch to 5 inches around.
I have taken no extra overwinter care except to keep the ground around the trunk mulched. I will add a pic very shortly.
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Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
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kssmith
Jun 6, 2016 4:02 PM CST
Okay here are e few pics from just today.
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As you can see in the 2nd pic it is about done blooming for the year but it will continue to grow new vines to almost first frost.
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jun 8, 2016 12:17 AM CST
Here's a photo of a wisteria at Jesus College, Cambridge (England, zone 8b). Sorry about the quality - mobile phone pic. It goes dormant every winter, flowers in late April or May and then has a weaker second flush in autumn. It is also pruned every winter. There are various kinds of wisteria and I believe that many of the more modern ones flower for longer. As you can see, the one in the photo is very old and well established.

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The second pic is of a wisteria in the south of France (zone 10a). Very lovely - issue here is that the flowering period seems to flash past because of the warm climate.

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Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
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kssmith
Jun 8, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Wow, i bet when you walk by the one at Cambridge the smell is intoxicating. Now thats a vine. Makes mine look like a twig. Maybe another 10 years. I keep trying to train mine to reach for the other side of the trellis. Very nice pics.
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jun 9, 2016 12:55 AM CST
Thanks, Kevin. Yes, the scent from the Jesus wisteria is amazing - it's where I have a Fellowship and taught for almost 30 years. The plant is well over 100 years old (the college is over 500 years old). There are some white wisterias now growing up the wall of the new Jesus library - they flower later than the big one in First Court and are much younger, but still lovely.

I really like yours - do you remember what variety it is? Nice long racemes and it looks really healthy. Does it give you a second flush of flowers? I'm thinking about getting one for our Oxfordshire place. Sherry @henhouse has a couple of really lovely wisterias.
Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
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kssmith
Jun 9, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Have no idea what i have exactly. Some years i get 2nd bloom but not as much as the first. I really should get out there as soon as the blooms are gone and trim them otherwise, seed pods will form and i think that saps energy for a second bloom.
Five years ago we had severe spring storms come through and took the trellis out of the ground and bent the wisteria backwards but it never broke or became damaged. After that i cemented the trellis into the ground and its been safe since barring any tornadoes. One year an entire hive of bees decided to stop by and visit the vine so i called a beekeeper and he said the Queen was in there somewhere and as soon as she decided to leave they would be gone. Sure enough the next day they were nowhere in sight. I had never seen such a massive ball of bees and did not want to harm them but also feared for my dogs health as well.
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Jun 10, 2016 1:30 AM CST
Wow! I think a large swarm of bees would certainly have made me nervous. Shame you didn't know where the hive was - you could have asked for a pot of the honey made from your wisteria! Hilarious!
Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
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kssmith
Jun 10, 2016 9:42 PM CST
Yes i was amazed and shocked all at once. We only get the large bumble bees here now and my motto is let the bee be and the bee will let you be. Green Grin!
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